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Posted on August 10, 2015

CBS’s Zoo: Animals Fight Back

Dawn

Based on James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge’s novel of the same name, CBS’s Zoo is my guilty pleasure of the summer. It’s a TV series firmly in the eco-horror / revenge of nature sub-genre, and its many flaws haven’t yet dispelled its power. Zoo has many of the flaws of network TV shows—some badly-written dialogue, an overly melodramatic plot, too frenetic a pace—but it’s really quite engaging, more so than other series I began hopefully after reading the novel (i.e., Under the Dome, The Strain, The Last Ship), only to abandon them after a few painful episodes.

Zoo tells the story of animals—lions in Botswana and LA, wolves in Mississippi, dogs in Slovenia, bats in Rio de Janeiro—who inexplicably abandon their habitual behavior and band together to attack the heretofore dominant species. And they aren’t killing for food or to protect themselves. Groups of animals across the globe engage in what can only be called premeditated and purposeful acts of murder. An eclectic group of “experts” is drawn together to figure out what’s happening—and why. The five main characters are likeable and the actors do a surprisingly good job given the sometimes cringe-worthy places the plot takes them.

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Posted on July 3, 2015

Top Ten Horrific Pets

Gwen

If there are certain messages that horror drives home, it is that you are not safe anywhere and be very careful when you mess with nature. What follows is a list of some of the creepiest and memorable pets from horror history. During my data mining expedition I noted that the majority of horror films that use animals as the monster tend to rely on birds, insects, sharks or reptiles. Outside of these films, the annals of horror include few mammals as the source of horror. The few outliers include the occasional grizzly, ape, wolf, lion, or tiger (and those have more of an undertone of foreignness to their horror).

When it comes to horror on the home front I suggest it’s not only step-parents that you have to worry about but also Felix and Fido. I leaned away from stereotypical uses of cats as witches’ familiars and a dogs as werewolves; what I found was that in many of these films man tampered with nature. What can I say, when you mess with the bull, sometimes you get the horns!

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